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I went down to my local rat shack. I was looking for the cheap

10 foot AV cable extentions. After looking around awhile, I had

to ask the salesperson. "Where are the AV extention cables?"


He walks me over to the "GOLD EDITION RACK". I ask again.

"Where are the cheap plastic coated cables?" "We don't carry

them any more." Then he tries to lecture me on the advantages

of gold cables. I have to stop him short. "I know all about gold

plateing, why and where it is used."


Why would radio shack stop selling the cheap cables. Are they

also money hungry enought to try and be a high-end sales store?


Well I did walk out.


I have used the cheap cables for over twenty-five years and never

had a problem with them. And don't try to convince me about

gold plateing resisting corrosion. HELLO!! What connector do

you thing I am plugging into. It's nickle plated!! If I had

gold contacts on my unit I would use the gold connectors. Otherwise

you are asking for corrosion to start. I guess RS answer in

4-5 years will be. "Good thing you had the gold connectors on there,

otherwise both of the plugs would have corroded."


FYI PEOPLE radio shack is not the hobby friendly store any more.
 

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I just bought some cables from partsexpress.com. They seem to be fine, and the price is certainly right! S-video and optical digital cables at very reasonable prices...


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i have to admit .. RS has become the pits over the last few years ... it once was the place for all your car stereo needs , now you would be lucky to find a single speaker in their "clearance" shelf ... and forget about finding a 2700uf cap anywhere , or a simple pack of assorted resistors ...

now it's batts. , expensive computer cables that arnt worth the price of the packaging , gold plated AV cable's , cell phones , satalight systems , and the assorted "toys" ( they do still carry the CH-DVD 300/S dvd player that plays anything for a cheap $60 ) .


no longer the electronic hoby shop , now the "we cator the the yuppies and know nothing about electronics" store.
 

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It's all that salt air floating around your living room-A/V area. You sir must hate your components to not want the best. I can only say I am glad R/S has raised the standard to keep us all safe. (just pour all over that).


Yeah, they're a pain in the butt. Good news is mine runs JP1 type remotes on clearance all the time. I got a 6-1 for 8.99 and love it!


I seem to recall a guy making a digital cable/connector of some type using two pieces of coat hanger and some alligator clips just to prove it could be done.
 

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( they do still carry the CH-DVD 300/S dvd player that plays anything for a cheap $60 ) .
Want a really good and cheap DVD player. Circuit city has the Apex 1201.

Last week-end it was on sale for $34.99 Normally goes for $39.99


So what's wrong with it? The 1201 does not play VCD variations.

But a few "web" based hacks are available to take care of that.


The real unit you want to get is the Apex 600A or the 1200. The

600A unit is the black sheep of players. Apex got into trouble for not

enabling the "FUZZY mode". DVDs play beautifully on that unit.


What's fuzzy mode. Think of turning down the contrast control on the

TV real low. You get the idea. And why would the DVD group association

want that. Well without it, the DVD is crystal clear. Good copying source.
 

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Off Topic abit, but what the hey I'll bite...


Never heard of a DVD player manufacturer adding noise to the analog output. Whats the point of dirtying up the analog signal when any chimp with a web connection can download DVDDecrypter and make flawless digital copies, er of course I really mean fair use backups?
 

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Off Topic abit, but what the hey I'll bite...


Never heard of a DVD player manufacturer adding noise to the analog output. Whats the point of dirtying up the analog signal when any chimp with a web connection can download DVDDecrypter and make flawless digital copies, er of course I really mean fair use backups?
It's a dirty little secret (pun intented). I have the Apex 600A. Between

turning off macrovision, region free and non-fuzzy mode. I get

the best picture possible. It's even better than progressive scan DVD

players. And if you use the composite output on a NTSC composite

monitor. It can't be beat. Try finding and old coleco or commadore

composite monitor. Something like a magnavox color display 40.


The Computer monitor with it's tighter dot pitch is excellant.
 

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I was in RS the other day, spotted 100 ft of Cat 5 cable for the bargain price of $56!
Over-priced rat shack crap again. I can get Cat 5 at that price but 1000 FT.

But I guess the rat cable is gold plated?
 

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I had the misfortune of watching part of an RS commercial last night (girlfriend had to watch CSI:M - it was delayed, but didn't skip all the commercials). I'm not sure if I was slightly amused or severely disgusted to see Shaquille O'Neal as the latest spokes-person where he questions the spelling of "Radio Shaq".:rolleyes:
 

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Over-priced rat shack crap again. I can get Cat 5 at that price but 1000 FT.

But I guess the rat cable is gold plated?
Oops, I was wrong, it's almost $60!...



100-Foot Cat5e Network Cable


$59.99

Catalog #: 278-834

(Pricing and Availability may vary outside

the contiguous 48 United States.)


Where to Buy

On-line Yes

In Stores (Store Locator) Yes

1-800-THE-SHACK Yes



Quickly and easily add additional computers to your home or office network!

Several different lengths are available to meet your needs. Visit your local RadioShack for other network accessories.


Features:

• Meets all Cat5e standards

• 8-conductor (4 twisted pair, unshielded) cable with RJ-45 modular plugs and boots

• 24 gauge

• CM grade
 
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